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CounterSpin
CounterSpin
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

CounterSpin is the weekly radio show of FAIR, the national media watch group.

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Episodes

Michael Mechanic on Underfunding the IRS

The message from many politicians and their media amplifiers: Cheating on taxes is a luxury only the rich can, or... more

27 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
‘The Cry Is “Lumumba Lives”—His Ideas, His Principles’ - CounterSpin interview with Maurice Carney on Patrice Lumumba

"The same forces that were at play in the '60s to remove Lumumba are at play today in terms of... more

24 Jan 2023 ·
Maurice Carney on Patrice Lumumba

Lumumba's assassination, judging by attention, has no lessons for US citizens or the press corps about the past, the present... more

20 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
NYT Moves to ‘Stack the Deck of Justice’ Against Its Subscribers

Another company silently snuck a forced arbitration clause into its terms of service—and that company is the New York Times.

14 Jan 2023 ·
David Sirota on Accountability Journalism

The public still look to news media to give them accurate, independently sourced and documented information to help them make... more

13 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Paul Hudson on Airline Meltdown, Melissa Crow on Asylum Policy

There's an unarticulated underpinning to elite media conversation that as a consumer, you don't have anything called a "right."

06 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Best of CounterSpin 2022

CounterSpin is thankful to every activist, researcher, reporter and advocate who appeared on the show, of whom this is just... more

30 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Lisa Gilbert on the January 6 Report

The Very Smart People will tell us that what we really ought to do, what the intelligent people would do,... more

23 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Jen Deerinwater on Indian Child Welfare Act

Those who want to eliminate the Indian Child Welfare Act are opposed by the reality that made the Act necessary... more

09 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Media’s Crime Hype and Scapegoating Led to Crackdown on Unhoused People

The New York Times parrots the implausible suggestion that cities cracking down on unsheltered people constitutes efforts to help them.

07 Dec 2022 ·
Nelson Lichtenstein on UC Strike, Marjorie Cohn on Evangelicals’ Supreme Court Lobbying

The struggle for pay and dignity at the University of California is part of a bigger fight about whether educators... more

02 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Milton Allimadi on Media in Africa

The African continent as a playing field for white people to test their theories, extract resources and stage proxy wars... more

25 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
While Crypto Bro Scammed Clients, Reporters Scammed Readers

Before Bankman-Fried’s transition from financial genius to possible financial criminal, he received little scrutiny in the media.

19 Nov 2022 ·
Brian Mier on Lula Election Victory

It's hard not to imagine the use that a differently focused press corps might make of Brazil's change of direction.

18 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
US Media Searched for Crisis at China Party Congress

For the Western press, the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party offered a number of signals which—if read... more

12 Nov 2022 ·
Gene Slater on Housing Crisis, Rakeen Mabud on Inflation Coverage

The affordable housing crisis is not just capitalism run amok, because that doesn't happen without government involvement.

11 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Jake Johnston on Haiti Intervention, Jeannie Park on Harvard Affirmative Action

US news media ignore the role US intervention has played throughout Haitian history in order to push for the same... more

04 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
‘This Is America. That’s the Kind of Trial Mumia Abu-Jamal Had.’ - CounterSpin interview with Noelle Hanrahan on Mumia Abu-Jamal update

"The culture of imprisonment tells a deeper story about America. We're not going to get it if we don't go... more

03 Nov 2022 ·
Noelle Hanrahan on Mumia Abu-Jamal Update

Overt, proud-of-it bias has shaped coverage of Mumia Abu-Jamal's case from the outset, and current mentions suggest little has changed.

28 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Julie Hollar and Jim Naureckas on 2022 Midterms

Election coverage should be judged not by how reporters "treat" Democrats or Republicans, but about how they inform and engage... more

21 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
‘People Are Taking Inspiration From Union Victories at Amazon and Starbucks’ - CounterSpin interview with John Logan on 21st century organizing

Janine Jackson interviewed San Francisco State University’s John Logan about Amazon and Starbucks organizing for the October 7, 2022, episode... more

14 Oct 2022 ·
Ahmad Abuznaid on Israeli Human Rights Crackdown, Sohale Mortazavi on Cryptocurrency

Growing numbers of people have concerns, not just about uncritical US support for Israel, but also about the shutdown of... more

14 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
John Logan on Amazon & Starbucks Organizing

With tens of thousands of workers walking out around the country, the notion that this is somehow not meaningful should... more

07 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Julio López Varona on Puerto Rico Colonialism, Guerline Jozef on Haitian Refugee Abuse

Tax giveaways to non–Puerto Ricans mean money not going to Puerto Rico's energy systems, schools, hospitals, housing.

30 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Alicia Bell and Collette Watson on Media Reparations

US news media need to not only acknowledge inflicting racist harms, but take seriously the idea of repairing them.

23 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Sumayyah Waheed on CNN’s Copaganda Hire, Chris Becker on Inflation Coverage

For corporate media, being a paid flack for the police in no way disqualifies you to offer analysis of... more

16 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
ACTION ALERT: Crime Claims of CNN’s New Police Expert Don’t Hold Up to Facts

Please ask CNN to explain why a person who misrepresents the evidence on the causes of crime trends should be... more

14 Sep 2022 ·
Matt Gertz and Eric K Ward on White ‘Replacement’ Theory

News media missed an opportunity to interrogate the media outlets and politicians who repeatedly invoke the white replacement idea.

09 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso on Indigenous Resistance, Alex Vitale on the End of Policing

The film Powerlands covers Indigenous people around the world, and the resource extraction stealing their water, minerals and homelands.

02 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Ahmad Abuznaid on Palestine Human Rights Crackdown, Andrew Perez on Dark Money Donation

The corporate media narrative on Israel/Palestine makes it hard to make sense of the recent assault by Israeli forces on... more

26 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Azadeh Shahshahani on Central America Plan, Jon Lloyd on Facebook Disinformation

We have some questions about the US government's claim that this time, they're really bringing stability and security to Central... more

19 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Angelo Carusone on Alex Jones Trial, Karl Grossman on Nuclear War

Alex Jones' lawyer says talking about his white supremacism would "distract from the main issues." What are the "main issues"... more

12 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Luke Harris and Joe Torres on America’s Racist Legacy

This week on CounterSpin: The crises we face right now in the US—a nominally democratic political process that’s strangled by... more

05 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Vivek Shandas on Climate Disruption & Heat Waves, Jamie Kalven on Laquan McDonald Coverup

There's a way to tell the story of heat waves that connects to policy and planning, but that centers human... more

29 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Nora Benavidez on Post-Roe Data Privacy, Dorothee Benz on January 6 Insurrection

This week on CounterSpin: The internet has changed the way we communicate, access information and even organize, which means concerns... more

22 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Jessica Mason Pieklo on Abortion Rights, Preston Mitchum on Reproductive Justice

This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court’s reversal on abortion rights is so actually and potentially devastating that it’s hard... more

15 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
‘Whether You’re on the Supreme Court Shouldn’t Depend on How Many People You Give Your Phone Number to’ - CounterSpin interview with Adele Stan and Elliot Mincberg on John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court

"That kind of legal philosophy could seriously endanger not just the environment, but the ability of Congress to pass all... more

14 Jul 2022 ·
Did Public TV Doc Promote Peaceful Coexistence—or the UAE?

A film that offers an entirely uncritical and glowing portrait of the UAE ought to make PBS take a closer... more

09 Jul 2022 ·
Adele Stan & Elliot Mincberg on John Roberts, Chip Gibbons on Why Assange Matters

A Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts has gutted multiple legally and societally established precedents.

08 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Dave Zirin on Football Prayer Ruling, Howard Bryant on Black Athletes & Social Change

This week on CounterSpin: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion on Kennedy v. Bremerton that “the... more

01 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Raed Jarrar on Biden’s Saudi Trip, Lindsay Koshgarian on People Over Pentagon

It's hard to parse corporate media coverage of Biden's Saudi visit, because that coverage obscures rather than illuminates what's going... more

24 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Helen Zia on Vincent Chin Legacy, Alec Karakatsanis on Chesa Boudin Recall

It's 40 years since Vincent Chin's murder, with a depressingly resonant context of anti-Asian hatred and scapegoating,

17 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Nicaragua a ‘Dictatorship’ When It Follows US Lead on NGOs

Modest legal steps that would go unnoticed in most countries are—in Nicaragua’s case—clear evidence that it is “inching toward dictatorship.”

16 Jun 2022 ·
‘Calibrated’ Dishonesty: Western Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions

US officials have free rein to continue inflicting collective punishment on Venezuelans without challenge or scrutiny.

13 Jun 2022 ·
Politico Paints Gen X as ‘Trumpiest Generation’—on Flimsiest Evidence

On Biden’s and Trump’s favorable ratings, Gen Xers find themselves mostly in the middle among generations.

10 Jun 2022 ·
Lori Wallach on Vaccine Equity, Steffie Woolhandler on Insurance & Covid

There are people and policies, with names, preventing developing countries from accessing life-saving Covid vaccines.

10 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Liliana Segura on Supreme Court v. Innocence

While alternative media are up in arms about the Supreme Court's ruling, corporate news media don't seem to think there's... more

03 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Igor Volsky on Ending Gun Violence, Pat Elder on Junior ROTC

This week on CounterSpin: CBS News‘ website featured a story about the “grim task” of planning funerals for 19 children—shot... more

27 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Matt Gertz, Eric K. Ward on the Buffalo Massacre & ‘Replacement Theory’

The Buffalo killer is a white supremacist who believes there's a plot run by Jews to "replace" white people with... more

20 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Julie Hollar on Roe Reversal, Tesnim Zekeria on Baby Formula Shortage

Elite media are interested in abortion as an issue, but it is not understood as a human right but rather... more

13 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Chris Lehmann on Multi-Racial Democracy, Mike Rispoli on Funding Local News

A new website uses critical race theory as a prism to explore the range of threats to multi-racial democracy and... more

06 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Josmar Trujillo on Hyper-Policing

"If it bleeds, it leads" journalism lets news outlets look as though they're tracking an important event in real time.

29 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Dorothy A. Brown and Dean Baker on Tax Policy

Who pays taxes, how much, and why? We revisit two conversations about tax policy racism and taxing the rich on... more

22 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Layla A. Jones on ‘Lights. Camera. Crime’

The Philadelphia Inquirer's "A More Perfect Union" project is aimed at examining racism in US institutions, including media institutions.

15 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Marjorie Cohn on Prosecuting Trump, Mike Liszewski on Marijuana Justice

This week on CounterSpin: He wanted to go to the Capitol on January 6, Donald Trump tells the Washington Post,... more

08 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Sarah Lipton-Lubet on Ginni Thomas Conflict, Dave Maass on Transparency and Journalism

Will we keep having a Supreme Court justice declaring himself "one being" with a spouse who declares the 2020 election... more

01 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Carol Anderson on History, Race and Democracy

It's a good time to recall that we had a war in this country in which many people declared that... more

25 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen, David Arkush on Fed Climate Veto

Yemen is not a rhetorical device. It's a country of human beings in crisis.

18 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Khury Petersen-Smith on Economic Sanctions, Greg LeRoy on Amazon Subsidies

Economic pressure is presented as a way of avoiding violence. But there's a problem with seeing sanctions as an alternative... more

11 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Braxton Brewington on Student Loan Debt, Andy Marra on Trans Youth Rights

Is what we call "higher" education an individual investment or a public good? The way news media talk about it... more

04 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Foreign Agents Designation Causes Media Cold War

Some state-backed journalists must register as “foreign agents” with the US government. But others don't have to.

28 Feb 2022 ·
Joseph Torres on Tulsa Massacre

This week on CounterSpin: Black History Month has always been something of a double-edged sword: It implies that Black history... more

25 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Bryce Greene on Ukraine

Understanding the Ukraine crisis involves letting go of the storyline in which the US equals benevolent democracy and Russia equals... more

18 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Rakeen Mabud on Supply Chain Breakdown

Why has the system broken down? You could say media's reluctance to critically break down systems is itself a system... more

11 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Steven Rosenfeld on Arizona ‘Audit,’ Sohale Mortazavi on Cryptocurrency

The  spate of new election-meddling laws proposed in Arizona suggests that looking away from Trumpists' "audit" is not the answer.

04 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Natalia Renta on Puerto Rico Debt Deal

A judge has approved a debt restructuring deal for Puerto Rico and the deal's architects are saying it means a... more

28 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
Jordan Chariton on Flint Water Crisis, Maurice Carney on Lumumba Assassination

While corporate media have largely let the water crisis in Flint go, the story isn't over, nor has justice been... more

21 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
ACTION ALERT: NYT’s China Covid Coverage Needs to Acknowledge Reality

New York Times coverage of Covid in China, with its casual Nazi analogies, reaches a level of partisan hyperbole on... more

20 Jan 2022 ·
Pardiss Kebriaei on Guantánamo Prisoners

We are a long way from understanding the full meaning of Guantánamo. But we can get the remaining detainees out.

14 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
Craig Aaron on Local Journalism, Barbara Briggs on Workplace Disasters

The loss of an information source—a particular place for debate, for conversation, on issues relevant to you—is incalculable, but very... more

07 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
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Natalia Renta on Puerto Rico Debt Deal
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A judge has approved a debt restructuring deal for Puerto Rico and the deal's architects are saying it means a "new day"... more